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Justin Williams returns to practice Friday, updates his status for Montreal

Justin Williams returns to practice Friday, updates his status for Montreal

Justin Williams returned to practice Friday and is expected to suit up Saturday against the Canadiens, Coach Barry Trotz before the Capitals headed to Montreal.

“He’s in,” Trotz said.

Williams, who is third on the team in goals with 17, missed Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the Bruins after suffering a lower body injury the previous night in Brooklyn. It marked the first game this season the 35-year-old missed.

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Williams had hoped to play against the Bruins, but after taking a twirl on the ice Wednesday morning he knew that he’d be better served by sitting out.

“It wasn’t quite there, so if we could give it a day then really you’re giving it three days because we weren’t playing until Saturday,” Williams said.

Williams added: “At this time of year, you try to manage yourself, manage your body to make it peak at the right time, and it wasn’t the right play to play last game.”

Williams practiced in his usual spot on the second line Friday. Jakub Vrana, who was recalled as insurance, rotated in.

Assuming there’s no unforeseen setback, though, it’ll be Williams skating alongside Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov at Bell Centre.   

“There are a lot things that go into it,” Williams said. “Each day it will get better, it’ll feel better. If it doesn’t, then you’ve got problems. It felt good today, better than it did yesterday, and hopefully it’ll feel better tomorrow morning.”

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John Carlson's autograph the finishing touch to a Capitals fan's tattoo sleeve

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John Carlson's autograph the finishing touch to a Capitals fan's tattoo sleeve

It's been a long time in the making, but a local Washington fan finally put the finishing touches on his Capitals-themed tattoo sleeve on Thursday.

Maryland-based fan Leah Carey posted a picture of her father's tattooed arm on Twitter, showing off the finished product.

John Carlson is credited with the final assist, as his signature was the last thing Carey's father needed to complete the tattoo collection. He finally got the signaure when Carlson took the time to autograph his arm after a recent practice. Carey then got it tattooed the following day.

In addition to Carlson's autograph, the sleeve includes various Caps' logos over the years, including their Stanley Cup championship crest.

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With Devante Smith-Pelly back in the Caps lineup, we look back at his four goals in NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the Caps' Cup run

With Devante Smith-Pelly back in the Caps lineup, we look back at his four goals in NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the Caps' Cup run

With Devante Smith-Pelly back with the Capitals following an injury to T.J. Oshie in Game 4, Washington is hoping that DSP will be able to perform similarly to how he did during last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. With seven goals last postseason, including one in the Stanley Cup-clinching game, Smith-Pelly was a vital part of the Capitals' success.

Before he takes the ice in Game 5 on Saturday night, let's revisit some of those goals that made NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the 2018 Stanley Cup run.

17. Devante Smith-Pelly's Game 4 goal vs. Vegas

Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the first period against the Golden Knights to put the Caps up 3-0 early and secure an eventual 6-3 win for a 3-1 series lead.

14. Smith-Pelly strikes in Game 6 against Columbus

Devante Smith-Pelly's series-clinching tally in Game 6 helped Washington advance to the second round of the 2018 postseason.

13. Smith-Pelly grows the lead in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas

Devante Smith-Pelly proved to be pretty clutch. He capitalized on a Golden Knights turnover to toss the puck top shelf over Fleury in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

4. Devante Smith-Pelly's game-tying goal in Game 5 against Vegas

About halfway through the third with the Caps down 3-2 in Game 5 of the Cup Final, Devante Smith-Pelly put the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury while falling to tie things up against Vegas.

Enjoyed that little trip to the past? Check out the full Top 20 here.

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